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The Year of Sheltering Dangerously By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Year of Sheltering Dangerously By Ben Fong-Torres
The Year of Sheltering Dangerously By Ben Fong-Torres   Well, hasn’t THIS been a fun 365? As we approached the anniversary of the shelter-in-place orders for the San Francisco Bay Area, on March 16, I thought of some of the changes we’ve been through.  In February, our calendar was packed with restaurant dinners and a large, loud gathering at Harbor Villa, saluting our friend, the civil rights attorney Dale Minami. And there was my 24th time as co-anchor of the...

First Lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu's gown to the Ball

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 21 January 2013.

January 22, 2013

Washington D.C.

by AC Team staff


If you are as talented as designer Jason Wu, lightning can indeed strike twice to your career. First Lady Michelle Obama arrived to the Commander-in-Chief inaugural ball last night wearing his stunning ruby red gown, marking the second inaugural she chose to wear one of his creations. From the homepage click here to view Jason Wu's full length inaugural gown.

In 2009, at the first inaugural she surprised fashinistas by wearing a gown he designed, a flowing cream-colored shoulder-baring confection. Jason, then a 26 year old rising-star designer had submitted his dress he had created for her consideration, just as other designers have customarily done. In 2009, the moment First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in Wu's ball gown, was the moment his already fast-rising career launched into hyperspace.

Designers were glued to the television watching the inaugural events to see what Mrs. Obama was wearing hoping it would be from their designs. Wu, 30, was watching the inaugural events on television with his staff in New York City. 

Mrs. Obama appeared in Wu's flowing, belted chiffon and velvet red gown as she joined her husband onstage for their first inauguration dance at the Commander-in-Chief Ball. Wu told the New York Times, "I'm still floating." "It is a big surprise. The White House kept us pretty clueless until five minutes ago."

Wu was born in Taiwan, moved to Canada when he was 9 years old, and graduated from boarding schools in the U.S. He attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

It is an honor for a fashion designer to create an inaugural gown worn by a First Lady. Wu's ruby red inaugural gown is now planned to go to the National Archives. Mrs. Obama's 2009 creamy-white inaugural gown designed by Wu was donated to the Smithsonian.

Mrs. Obama wore clothes designed by different designers throughout the inaugural events. She wore Jason Wu's cross-halter strapped ruby red inaugural gown paired with shoes from Jimmy Choo, and a diamond ring by Kimberly McDonald.

 MICHELLE OBAMA_IN_JASON_WU_GOWNOn Sunday at the swearing in ceremony she wore a royal blue dress and cardigan by American designer Reed Krakoff, who also is the president and executive director of Coach, Inc. Thom Browne designed her elegant daytime outfit, the navy silk jacquard tailored coat and dress. 

Despite the fashion industry's 'surprise' as well as Jason's surprise that Mrs. Obama chose to wear his evening gown design for the second inauguration, Mrs. Obama knows a winner when she sees one. Her first inaugural gown won raves, and the second one is also a hit.

America's First Lady looks regal, yet relaxed in her second inaugural gown. Have you ever been to a black tie affair where some of the women are so tightly fitted into their gowns they look like they cannot breathe? A closer look at Jason Wu's latest inaugural gown shows that while it is belted, the chiffon and velvet gown has a nice flowing, loose fit to it, all the more reason Mrs. Obama she projects confidence, and looks quite comfortable in it.